Daily Devotional – 4/15/15 “Overwhelmed but not out!”

Sometimes I get overwhelmed in the midst of everything I have running through this mind of mine. Studying for bible study on last night, writing notes for my sermon on Sunday, looking over the questions for my ordination on next week, got a speaking engagement on Saturday, just finished my taxes; there 2 new hires coming into the job that I have to help train and in the midst I tossed and turned on last night; not because I was worried but it is because God speaks clearer to me in my dreams. (Somebody understands what I mean). Now, here I am at 11AM just now getting to write my devotional and I have no clue what to write to you about. What am I doing? Am I taking on too much? My husband says I need a calendar. I got 2 but never really use them. I try to keep things in order and it works for the most part but what is going on! But then I happen to look back at what I wrote on this date last year and check this out … This is how last year’s devotional started, “When I started writing my devotional this morning, I had decided that it would be on the decisions that we sometimes make. Now, did you catch that because it said I had decided but when I went to my online bible, a scripture stuck out like it had a flashing light around it. (Ok God, I hear you.) The scripture is Revelation 2:10 that says, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” In all honesty, I’d never read this scripture before today and even though this scripture was talking to the Church in Smyrna, God is leading me this way to tell somebody that for the next ten days, you’ll be tested. This may even be for me, I don’t know, but for ten days tribulations will be there and there’s nothing we can do about it but REMAIN FAITHFUL.”

Isn’t that something? In the midst of my fleeting moment of weakness, God says; you may be overwhelmed now but look at what you told folks last year, it still holds true today… REMAIN FAITHFUL! Yea, you may have a lot on your plate but it’s not more than you can handle. Just like you told them on last year, James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” I know I am not alone in this and whoever you are, hold on we can make it! Whatever it is you’re facing, whatever it is you’re going through or whatever you’re about to go through; know this … it won’t last! Yes, the enemy is camped around you and he’s waiting on you to wave the white flag of defeat, he’s waiting on you to give up, he’s waiting on you to throw in the towel and to cash in all of your chips but please don’t. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” Yes my brother, yes my sister; you may be overwhelmed but you’re not out. You may be depressed but you’re not dead. You may be sad but you’re not stuck. What you’re facing, it won’t last. Remain faithful in your test for Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.”

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